Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that is prevalent in six percent of the South African population and often goes undiagnosed. Our doctors offer vital information and advice on the disease.

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Diabetic retinopathy: technology improves screening to save lives

Medical advancements – including fundus cameras and artificial intelligence – offer hope for patients who may otherwise lose their sight (or even their lives) to diabetes.

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Are you at risk of diabetes?

Intermediate hyperglycaemia (impaired fasting glucose and impaired glucose tolerance) is a ‘pre-diagnosis’ of diabetes. The good news is you can prevent Type 2 diabetes if you make considered lifestyle changes.

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Do you recognise the symptoms of diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition that inhibits your body’s ability to properly regulate blood glucose levels. The International Diabetes Foundation (IDF) estimates that in 2011 there were 14.7 million adult diabetics in Africa, and that around 78% of diabetics remain undiagnosed. According to the IDF the greatest increase in diabetes is expected to be in Africa – where it is predicted that the incidence of diabetes in Africa will have almost doubled by 2030.

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Type 1 diabetes in children: what parents need to know

If your child has been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, you’re not alone – about one in 500 children worldwide end up with the disorder. Paediatric endocrinologist Dr David Segal tells us what we need to know.

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Skin patches could revolutionise glucose monitoring

Electrochemical analysis of sweat using soft bioelectronics on human skin provides a new route for non-invasive glucose monitoring without painful blood collection. However, sweat-based glucose sensing still faces many uncertainties.

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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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Technology treating diabetes

New tech makes life a whole lot easier for these people living with diabetes. Their devices could save your life – now, and in the future.

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The artificial pancreas is closer than we think

The end goal for the treatment of type 1 diabetes – the artificial pancreas – is an integrated, automated system that calculates how much insulin the body needs and then delivers it – in real time.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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Double trouble

Gestational diabetes is the most common medical complication during pregnancy and affects as many as one in 20, putting mother and baby at increased risk for birth trauma and other serious health concerns.

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Glucose intolerance and insulin-related conditions

We asked Dr Jacques van Staden, a GP at Mediclinic George who specialises in diabetes, about insulin-related conditions other than diabetes and how to spot them. The umbrella term for these conditions is glucose intolerance, meaning your body does not tolerate glucose well.

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Diabetes: a growing problem

The incidence of type 2 diabetes is on the rise, says Dr Jacques van Staden, a GP at Mediclinic George who specialises in diabetes. It is also striking people earlier on in their lives as they lead sedentary lifestyles and follow diets laden with starch. But there are ways that we can stop this epidemic in its tracks.

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Delicious recipes to help lower your risk of diabetes

During Diabetes Awareness Month in November 2015, we ran a competition, asking you to select three magnesium-rich ingredients from our list of 12. Four entrants then had their ingredients turned into a delicious recipe by Abigail Donnelly and the overall winner’s recipe was featured on Expresso. Here are those recipes for you to download and try.

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Manage diabetes with strength training

The second-best way to manage diabetes is by managing your diet. The best way is to manage your diet and start a strength-training programme.

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When to get tested for diabetes

November is Diabetes Awareness Month – here’s why and where you should get tested.

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Understanding kidney disease

Dr Derek Miller, a physician and kidney specialist at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, answers your FAQs about the causes of kidney disease.

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A healthy, happy pregnancy – with diabetes

if you have either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, it’s entirely possible to have a relaxed, healthy pregnancy.

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Getting to grips with a diabetes diagnosis

I’m currently in my third month of being a type 2 diabetic and it’s been quite a journey so far…

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Living with type 1 diabetes

Bridget McNulty, editor of Sweet Life magazine, shares her journey of living with type 1 diabetes.

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Type 1 diabetes: what’s on the menu?

If your child has Type 1 diabetes, it can often feel like every kind of food is off the menu. Fortunately, dietician Dr Ilsabe Spoelstra has some ideas.

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